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06 June 2016

SEA EAGLE Selected SAMUEL BECKETT OPV – Waiting for No One…

Following recently completed live firing trials on the LE JAMES JOYCE, Chess Dynamics’ SEA EAGLE fire control system has been selected by the Irish Naval Service to equip its new SAMUEL BECKETT-class of offshore patrol vessels.

The Chess Dynamics Sea Eagle FCEO (Fire Control Electro Optical) is designed to provide 24hr automatic target acquisition, identification and tracking using a long range thermal imager and daylight TV camera. It can be fully integrated with the radar system so that it can slew to search radar contact indications. 

SEA EAGLE controls the main Oto Melara, now Leonardo-Finmeccanica, 76mm gun mounting and is optimised for naval fire control against airborne, surface or shore-based targets. It is capable of controlling all in-service naval guns, using a long range thermal imager and daylight TV camera to provide 24 hour automatic target detection, acquisition, identification and tracking. It uses a mid-wave (3-5µ) thermal imager with zoom optics, a colour TV camera which also has zoom optics and an eye-safe, high repetition rate laser range finder and has been designed to operate through a dedicated standalone console or as a fully integrated element of a multi-function console based combat system. It can be fully integrated with the ship’s radar displays, so that it can slew to search radar contact indications.

As well as the Irish Naval Service, SEA EAGLE is in service with the British, Thai, Omani, and Iraqi Navies and is on order for the Royal Malaysian Navy.

Built by Babcock Marine, the 90m SAMUEL BECKETT-class vessels are intended for use in fisheries protection, maritime protection and search and rescue roles.

The Irish Naval Service has selected the Chess Sea Eagle fire control system for its Samuel Beckett class of OPV which is entering service.